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Joseph Ames

 (1816 - 1872)
Joseph Alexander Ames was active/lived in Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire.  Joseph Ames is known for portraits of notables, figure and genre painting.

Biography   Joseph Ames

Self taught, Joseph Ames became noted for portrait and genre painting, especially portraits including at least nine depictions of Daniel Webster, famous American colonialist.  Ames was born in Roxbury, New Hampshire, and by age twelve was attempting portraiture.  In 1841, he moved to Boston, where he stayed for the next 25 years.  There he was much influenced by the "Old Master" painting technique of Washington Allston, who used many layers of glaze that "mellowed and enriched underlying color."  Ames' paintings created quite a sensation among his peer artists, most of whom had not seen first hand results from that method of painting.

In 1848, Ames went to Rome, Italy, where he saw Old Master paintings first hand.   ...  Displaying 750 of 2966 characters.

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